Trump accuses climate scientists of pursuing 'political agenda'

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Kilmeade complained that Stahl injected her "point of view" when asking Trump whether he still believes climate change is "a hoax," and grilling him for dismissing the mountain of scientific evidence that proves otherwise. "I don't think it's a hoax, I think there's probably a difference", he told the program.

'I think something is happening.

"So I always used to say the toughest people are Manhattan real estate guys and blah, blah", he said. I will say this: I don't want to give trillions and trillions of dollars. I don't want to lose millions and millions of jobs. "I think where there's debate is what that influence is and what can we do about it".

"She really believes in global warming and that's fine, and man's role in climate change and that's okay", Kilmeade said.

His comments on Sunday came less than a week after the publication of a landmark United Nations report which said "human activities" had already caused global warming of approximately one degree Celsius since pre-industrial times.

He could not be more wrong because as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change made very clear in a new report, there are about ten more years left before the effects of climate change will become irreversible.

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The current administration has been hostile to climate policy, as evidenced by the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement a year ago, and Trump's confusion as to who the I.P.C.C.is when it released its grim report last week. "You know, we're talking about over a ... millions of years".

"I'm not denying climate change but it could very well go back", Trump added. "There is no "safe" level of warming, and there's no time to indulge fossil fuel stooges like Donald Trump in their science fiction fantasies", he added. "They say that we had hurricanes that were far worse than what we just had with (Hurricane) Michael", Trump said.

And while he reiterated his change in stance on the legitimacy of climate change, Trump seemed to imply that the climate would fix itself.

'What about the scientists who say it's worse than ever?' Stahl inquired.

During Sunday's interview, Mr Trump cast doubt on making any changes, saying the scientists "have a very big political agenda".

However, he announced the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement, which commits another 187 other countries to keeping rising global temperatures "well below" 2C above pre-industrial levels and "endeavour to limit" them even more, to 1.5C.

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